Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The media lose their ability to sway public opinion

At least on climate change:
Only 20% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the scientific debate about global warming is over, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Sixty-three percent (63%) disagree and say the debate about global warming is not over. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The BBC has announced a new policy banning comments from those who deny global warming, a policy already practiced by the Los Angeles Times and several other media organizations.  But 60% of voters oppose the decision by some news organizations to ban global warming skeptics. Only 19% favor such a ban, while slightly more (21%) are undecided.
But then 42% believe the media already makes global warming appear to be worse than it really is. Twenty percent (20%) say the media makes global warming appear better than it really is, while 22% say they present an accurate picture. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.
The public may not know a lot about science, but they know when they're being sold something.

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kx59 said...

It boils down to: How can a bit more of a gas fundamental to life on planet Earth be truly bad. Winters are milder, growing seasons longer, and plants just looooove it.
Meanwhile, ice in Antarctica is at record levels, no island nations have been submerged, average global temperatures have not risen for a decade and a half, the polar bear population has been rising for years, and we are all actually going to freeze and starve to death in the coming mini ice age.
Stay tuned. The next global catastrophe will be a resurrection of the global cooling scare from the 70's.

FrankC said...

#2 on that poll is a leading question your Honor. Naughty pollsters, no biscuit.

burt said...

I thought it was "Climate Change" now.

We're back to "Global Warming"?